Lawyers for two defendants slated to go on trial Monday in the shocking fatal shootings of four people, including a toddler, on a Mattapan street in 2010 are seeking a dismissal because authorities only recently turned over evidence from a witness, who police believe is unreliable, implicating someone else.
During a hearing on the dismissal motion yesterday, John Amabile - a lawyer for one of the defendants, Dwayne Moore, 34, of Mattapan - questioned a Boston police detective about written notes that surfaced last month from a police interview conducted with a man several days after the Sept. 28, 2010, slayings.
Detective Frank McLaughlin testified that he and Sergeant Detective John Brown interviewed Jarrid Reese, 23, of Dorchester on Oct. 9, 2010, after he was arrested on unrelated warrants.
McLaughlin testified that when Brown asked Reese if he knew “who killed that baby,’’ Reese, who said he was on Sutton Street to buy marijuana shortly before the shootings, answered, “I think Dre did.’’
The slayings in the fall of 2010 were considered one of the most stunning crimes in the history of the city.
Police have not been able to identify the man Reese called Dre or a woman Reese referred to as Tatiana, who he said lived on Sutton Street and was romantically involved with Dre, according to McLaughlin. He added that Reese also gave conflicting accounts of the events leading up to the shootings.
Moore and his codefendant, Edward Washington, 32, of Dorchester, are charged with murder in the killings of Eyanna Flonory, 21; her 2-year-old son, Amanihotep Smith; Simba Martin, 21; and LeVaughn Washum-Garrison, 22. A fifth man, Marcus Hurd, survived the shootings but is now paralyzed from the shoulders down.
Prosecutors allege that Moore, Washington, and Washington’s cousin - Kimani Washington, 36, of Dorchester - went to Martin’s residence on Sutton Street to steal drugs and money. The bodies of the victims were found outside on Woolson Street.
Authorities have said that Moore shot the victims, and Kimani Washington has agreed to plead guilty to lesser charges and testify against his two alleged accomplices.
Lawyers for Moore and Edward Washington learned of the Reese interview notes when prosecutors forwarded them on Jan. 20, court records show.
Yesterday, McLaughin said he found the notes on Jan. 19 after prosecutor Ed Zabin asked detectives to go back over the case file to make sure that he had everything he needed.
McLaughlin said he should have documented the notes in an official report in 2010, but he overlooked them because many other things were happening during the investigation.
In a follow-up report on the 2010 interview with Reese that McLaughlin wrote last week, he said that Reese told detectives that he and two other men, who he identified as White Assassin and Dee, went to Sutton Street to buy marijuana and encountered Dre, who was “going off’’ and was heard saying, “I’m about to do that [guy] dirty,’’ the report states.
Reese said that Dre was with a group that included Flonory and Martin when he made that statement, according to the report.
McLaughlin also wrote that Reese’s version of events was riddled with inconsistencies and that a police colleague told detectives that Reese had given false information in the past to try to get out of custody. McLaughlin wrote that detectives did not think Reese was a credible witness in the Mattapan case.
The hearing on the dismissal request is scheduled to resume this morning in Suffolk Superior Court in Boston.Maria Cramer of the Globe staff contributed to this report. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Travis Andersen can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.